Why is coconut oil so good?
Do you happen to incorporate coconut oil in your daily diet? Is it because you were told it makes wonders to your health or because you adore its smell and taste?
Luckily, both reasons are reasonable and proven by science. Coconut oil has been used in people’s diets years before people started doing research on its prevention and curing abilities.
There are tons of recipes on how to incorporate it into your daily intake and you can choose the ones that are most convenient for you.
Not only it is consumed throughout the world, but it can also prevent and cure many diseases and health conditions. This oil contains no cholesterol or trans-fats. Additionally, it has the following benefits, just to mention a few:
– Acts as a natural antibiotic and antioxidant;
– Boosts the function of the thyroid gland and gives you more energy;
– Improves how the body uses insulin;
– Improves cholesterol in a way that it increases the good cholesterol (HDL);
– Boosts skin and hair health.
All these seem like a good reason to use it, and recently one more has been added to the list. There is one terrifying disease about which medicine is still skeptically shaking its head, whereas people are scared to even mention it.
The acute form of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease is a scary world to live in, whether you have it or you experience it through a loved one. Research seems to go to a level of proving that the organic qualities of coconut oil may help in prevention and cure of this disease.
Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people around the world and people usually die 7-10 years after they have been diagnosed with it. The bad news is that it is expected to hit 1 in 85 people by 2050, and there is still no treatment or cure.
This could mainly be because the cause is unknown. There is one theory saying that amyloid plaques are formed in our brains (similar to the process of clogging in the heart arteries).
These can be the cause of the neural pathways to become damaged or slowed. Moreover, one hypothesis says that the underlying mechanism is the process of brain cells starvation when they are deprived of glucose.
Luckily for us, not everything is so pessimistic in the research field. Coconut oil is entering the research in treating Alzheimer’s.
How everything began
The story goes like this: Dr. Mary Newport’s husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at 51 and his disease was progressing very fast, to the point he couldn’t have a normal conversation, read, or tie his shoes. Dr. Newport decided to do research, being in that field herself.
She patiently discovered that coconut oil will help his brain, and started giving it to her husband. The dose was four teaspoons a day and believe it or not, her husband started doing daily activities again and his cognitive abilities improved significantly – he interacted, read and walked without the previous amount of help.
Dr. Newport started applying for funding to support her theory on coconut oil treating Alzheimer’s. She was given the green light eventually.
To understand the disease, we must know how our brains work. Our brains need certain amounts of fat and glucose to function. If our diet is low in these, the brain can start to “starve” and this can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
This glucose-starvation theory is supported by Dr. Mary as well as the medical director of Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida. Mary points this out in her own book Alzheimer’s Disease: What if There Was a Cure?: The Story of Ketones.
These ketones provide the energy for the brain cells that is lost in the process of the disease. The brain cells no longer had the ability to use glucose, the main brain energy. In her book, she shares the story of her husband’s treatment with coconut oil to prove her research.
Treatment with coconut oil
Many patients in their early stages of Alzheimer’s have felt better after the treatment with coconut oil. Overall, coconut oil is proved to boost cognitive health, researchers claim, although science hasn’t proved it yet.
One recent study done at the University of Oxford states that the benefits from the coconut oil are short-term, but not to be neglected in patients dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Patients are seriously improving their cognitive function because coconut oil is seemingly boosting ketones.
Some doctors do not agree fully and they put this research on hold by claiming that there aren’t peer-reviewed articles that prove the benefits of coconut oil as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
One of these doctors is the neuropsychologist Dr. Dominic Carone, who states that there are certain criteria that need to be fulfilled. He mentions a way to evaluate suspicious medical treatment claims, and that is by meeting these five criteria:
- First, a researcher needs to search for peer-reviewed medical literature;
- Second, they need to investigate the quality of the peer-reviewed medical literature;
- Third, they must find out about the promoter of this type of treatment;
- Next, they mustn’t overlook things, but be skeptical about certain claims that may be false;
- Finally, they need to check the opinion about this treatment among various organizations;
As mentioned above, the coconut oil study doesn’t meet the first criteria. However skeptical you may be, coconut oil is surely proven to be a great brain booster by improving cognitive skills and preventing dementia.
Its great taste keeps it going for years on the market and people fall in love with it the moment they start to consume it! An occasional stir in your morning coffee or smoothie (whichever you prefer) may as well change your life forever!